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  • Hardcover: 598 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Inc; 50th edition (13 Sept. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679644334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679644330
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 4 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The most refreshing, provacative, stimulating and exciting study of this [great problem] which I have seen. It fairly crackles with bright honesty and common sense."--Harrison Salisbury, "The New York Times""One of the most remarkable books ever written about the city... a "primary" work. The research apparatus is not pretentious--it is the eye and the heart--but it has given us a magnificent study of what gives life and spirit to the city."--William H. Whyte, author of "The Organization Man"


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"Refreshing, provocative, stimulating and exciting . . . It fairly crackles with bright honesty and common sense."--"The New York Times"
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"One of the most remarkable books ever written about the city . . . a "primary" work. The research apparatus is not pretentious--it is the eye and the heart--but it has given us a magnificent study of what gives life and spirit to the city."--William H. Whyte, author of "City: Rediscovering the Center"

Refreshing, provocative, stimulating and exciting . . . It fairly crackles with bright honesty and common sense. "The New York Times"
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One of the most remarkable books ever written about the city . . . a "primary" work. The research apparatus is not pretentious it is the eye and the heart but it has given us a magnificent study of what gives life and spirit to the city. William H. Whyte, author of "City: Rediscovering the Center""

Refreshing, provocative, stimulating and exciting . . . It fairly crackles with bright honesty and common sense. The New York Times

One of the most remarkable books ever written about the city . . . a primary work. The research apparatus is not pretentious it is the eye and the heart but it has given us a magnificent study of what gives life and spirit to the city. William H. Whyte, author of City: Rediscovering the Center

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"Refreshing, provocative, stimulating and exciting . . . It fairly crackles with bright honesty and common sense."--The New York Times

"One of the most remarkable books ever written about the city . . . a primary work. The research apparatus is not pretentious--it is the eye and the heart--but it has given us a magnificent study of what gives life and spirit to the city."--William H. Whyte, author of City: Rediscovering the Center



-Refreshing, provocative, stimulating and exciting . . . It fairly crackles with bright honesty and common sense.---The New York Times

-One of the most remarkable books ever written about the city . . . a primary work. The research apparatus is not pretentious--it is the eye and the heart--but it has given us a magnificent study of what gives life and spirit to the city.---William H. Whyte, author of City: Rediscovering the Center

About the Author

Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was a writer and activist who championed new approaches to urban planning for more than forty years. Her 1961 treatise, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, became perhaps the most influential American text about the inner workings and failings of cities, inspiring generations of urban planners and activists. Her efforts to stop the building of downtown expressways and protect local neighborhoods invigorated community-based urban activism and helped end Parks Commissioner Robert Moses' reign of power in New York City.

Jason Epstein is the recipient of many awards, including the National Book Award for Distinguished Service to American Letters, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Book Critics Circle, and the Curtis Benjamin Award given by the American Association of Publishers for enriching the world of books. For many years he was editorial director of Random House. He is the author of Book Business: Publishing Past, Present, and Future and Eating.


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